Tasty Tuesdays: A Taste of New York
I’m in New York City this week, so Tasty Tuesdays is coming with me. I actually lived in “The City” as many call it, for three years before I moved to Austin. I was up on the food scene back then but I’m now pretty much a run-of-the-mill tourist with no idea what has opened since then. When I visit, I rely on the kindness of strangers and friends.
Perry of New York Street Food made the following recommendations:
Of the trucks that move around, I love Schnitzel & Things, Frites ‘N’ Meats, Mexicue, Souvlaki GR, and QBA (Cuban) for lunch/dinner. For dessert, my favorites are the Dessert Truck (duh!), Treats Truck, Kelvin Natural Slush, and Wafels & Dinges. But since you’re from Texas, I think you should also try the pulled pork on a waffle from Wafels & Dinges for lunch or dinner one day.
If you happen to be in Soho around lunchtime, Calexico Carne Asada is one of the best, but their two carts are only out at lunchtime. They also have a fairly new restaurant at 122 Union St in Brooklyn that’s supposed to be excellent.
Mike of Austin Food Carts (who rolls high and low brow alike) has enjoyed:
Manhattan: 11 Madison, Annisa, Babbo, Blue Hill, Convivio, Degustation, Dovetail, Esca, Jules Bistro, Momofuku, SSam Bar
Brooklyn: Applewood, Devi, DiFara, Fette Sau, Marlow & Sons, Motorino Pizza, Zenkichi
Dave of Famous Fat Dave fame suggests (based on where I’m staying/working this trip):
Chelsea: Jack shit aside from Hill Country for BBQ that you can probably get way better where you are.
Midtown East: Zarela for real Mexican food from the interior of the country without a burrito in sight.
Brooklyn (when I didn’t give him specifics about where I was staying):
- Ferdinando’s on Union Street for old school Sicilian. Get the pasta con sarde, nero di sepa, calamari polpo salad, and arancini
- Totonno’s: Coal oven pizza on Neptune Ave in Coney Island
- Defonte’s: Get something hot, roast beef with fried eggplant and fresh mozz, corned beef with cole slaw, pastrami with hot pickled salad, ham with potato and eggs, it’s only open until 3:30 p.m. or so.
And when I was more specific….
Near Cobble Hill:
Buttermilk Channel for fried chicken and waffles and bacon appetizer
Zaytoon’s for shawarma pyzta and shawarma and hummus with pita
Teresa’s on Montegue for blueberry blintz and/or pierogies
Henry St Ale House for fried pickles
Mile End for Montreal Style Smoked Meats
Lucali’s for pizza (this link’s to the Tasty Touring post about Lucali’s)
Now that I’ve shared Perry, Mike, and Dave’s suggestions, it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite food specialty shops, restaurants, and snack carts in New York City?Tags: New York